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“Therefore be it known to all who live in the unity of the faith and who await the mercy of Christ, and to those who shall succeed them and who shall c...”

Date: Martin, Dennis. “Unceasing Prayer in an Uncertain World.” Christian History 29 (2007). Text:


Our work is done in the valley (1885)

As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus gave them orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man...



Death of Johann Brenz, a Lutheran reformer in Swabia, who had helped prepare ordinances that determined Lutheran doctrine and procedure.

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Oliver Cromwell’s troops breach the walls of Drogheda, a fortified city in Ireland. The event is notable because Catholic priests and friars, some of whom had encouraged resistance during the seige, are treated as combatants and killed on sight along with many civilians.

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Ordination of Solomon Stoddard, who will introduce the “halfway covenant,” allowing individuals who are uncertain of their state of grace to partake of the Lord’s Supper.

Authority for the date: Coffman, Ralph J. Solomon Stoddard. Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1978.


Missionary John Williams and his wife go to the island of Raiatea, where they commence their mission work among the scattered Pacific islands.

Authority for the date: Larsen, Timothy T., David W. Bebbington, and Mark Noll. Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals. IVP Academic, 2003.


The Chronicle, an Australian newspaper, prints the story of Mary Teague, an Irish immigrant who had been charged with drunkeness and made to sit in the stocks an hour because she was staggering from hunger. She collapsed in a ditch afterward. The story will force the reluctant colonial governor to provide Catholic philanthropist Carolyn Chisholm with space to house immigrant girls.

Authority for the date: Curtis, Ken and Dan Graves. Great Women in Christian History.


The World Parliament of Religions opens in Chicago, opposed by many evangelicals on the ground that it treats Christianity as one religion among equals.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.


Eighteen year old Wang Ming-Dao leaves home to begin work at a Presbyterian school. He will become a notable independent church leader in China and, because of that, will go to prison for most of his life.

Authority for the date: Lyall, Leslie T. Three of China’s Mighty Men. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1980, 1973.


Death of Melvin Ernest Trotter. At one time a hopeless drunk, who could not keep a promise or hold a job, he was walking toward Lake Michigan to drown himself when he heard the gospel preached at the Pacific Garden Mission and found Christ sufficient to keep him from ever drinking again. He had gone on to found sixty-seven rescue missions to help others as addicted as himself.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.


St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church is destroyed in the Muslim attack that brings down the twin towers in New York City.

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